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Joel Dewberry's Sewn Spaces: Fresh And Modern Projects For Your Life And Home

Sew your own space! Fabric - when it comes to the spaces you inhabit, it's the perfect medium for personal expression. Popular fabric designer Joel Dewberry shows you all the simple ways you can use the fabric to define the spaces in your life. Joel shares more than 25 projects inspired by his Eclectic Modern style to help you bring color, pattern and texture of fabric into the spaces in which you work, play, live: 6 projects for the spaces you work in: Who ever said utility and style can't mix? Make a barista apron that showcases your personality, or a memo board that actually brightens your day! 9 projects for the spaces you play in: When it comes to play, do it your way. Cuddle up with your custom-made teddy bear (complete with a tummy pocket perfect for an mp3 player), or sew a yoga mat carrier that will show your joy of sun salutations. 12 projects for the spaces you live in: Make it distinctly and completely your home. Choose the way to keep warm with a quilted throw you make yourself, or re-upholster that vintage chair find with fabric that brings it back to life! All these projects and more can be found on the pages of Joel Dewberry's Sewn Spaces. In addition, Joel gives you the tools you'll need to get started. You'll find techniques at the front of the book, templates at the back, and full-size patterns on a convenient tear-out insert. Fabric can enhance, even transform, any of the living spaces you find yourself in each day. So go ahead - sew your own space!

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Krause Publications; 1 edition (June 2, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0896899241

ISBN-13: 978-0896899247

Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Well, lately it seems like every fabric designer has a sewing book, and now Joel Dewberry joins the lot. I gotta be honest about the patterns in this book ... you have seen them all before. This is a pretty typical lot of patterns: cards, chair cushion, apron, teddy bear, sachet, napkins, yoga mat bag, fabric roses, memo board cover with fabric pockets, throw, duvet cover, fabric as art, pajama pants, etc. Just about every sewing book I own has the same list of patterns. But what the other books don't have, but this one does, is Joel Dewberry's design aesthetic. If you love his fabric, then you will probably love this book, because his approach to patterns is the same as for his fabric -- a blend of modern and vintage. For example, how many times have you seen some type of a fabric pocket organizer? Many I am sure ... but you have probably never seen one with such clean lines, and beautiful butterfly applique on it, and that is what makes this book a worthy buy. Yes, you have seen these patterns before ... and a lot of the techniques (such as glass etching ... just look at Martha Stewart Crafts Encyclopedia), but if you love Joel Dewberry's designs, such as his butterflies, and sparrows, then I am sure you will love having templates to use to create applique of those same designs.Some pros:* There are some full size pattern pieces, and an envelope to hold them* Templates for sparrows, butterflies, some other designs inspired by his fabric* His patterns show ways to mix and match his fabrics* great photos* Love the bird sachets* THE BIGGEST PRO: Within the copyright info, it says that the purchaser may sell items made out of the book at craft fairs, bazaars, etc ... in my opinion all craft books should allow you to do so.

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